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Apple boss Tim Cook lashed out at Internet giants and government Tuesday, calling them out for undermining constitutionally-guaranteed rights to privacy.
In a speech seemingly aimed at differentiating Apple’s corporate culture from some of its biggest rivals in Silicon Valley, Cook stepped up his criticisms of those who fund their business models by monetizing users’ data.
“We at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook said. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demand it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”
Later in the article, Cook made this great, insightful comment:
“Removing encryption tools from our products altogether, as some in Washington would like us to do, would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data,” Cook said. “The bad guys will still encrypt; it’s easy to do and readily available.”
Read that again if need be. If the bad guys can easily encrypt their communications, and the government knows this, then why do they still insist that average American citizens not have their data encrypted? Wake up Americans! To paraphrase Kanye West when he accused Bush of not caring about black people, the U.S. Government does not care about Americans.
Editor: These two articles clearly prove that the NSA Big Brother surveillance program against every American is not intended to find terrorists but to sift through every American phone call and text looking for citizens deemed enemies of the state. If our government were really concerned about terrorists, then TSA agents would have not failed to detect bombs and other weapons 95% of the time. Come on, fellow Americans, it’s time to wake up…
NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Expires After Senate Fails to Reach Deal – ABC News
The NSA started the shutdown process at 4 p.m. Sunday. It will take an entire day to reboot the system, if Congress passes legislation reforming the metadata collection program.
Senators returned to Capitol Hill Sunday afternoon, just hours before key provisions of the Patriot Act, including the NSA’s controversial bulk collection of American’s phone records, were set to expire.
The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle on the House-passed USA Freedom Act with a vote of 77 to 17. But objections by Paul, R-Kentucky, delayed further votes on the measure.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell originally opposed the House-passed USA Freedom Act, but Sunday, he said it was the only option.
EXCLUSIVE: Undercover DHS Tests Find Security Failures at US Airports
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
If you value privacy, you may want to think twice before using Facebook Messenger. A new extension for Chrome has revealed just how much location data is shared through the app – and it’s enough to track someone down with almost perfect accuracy.
The extension – called the ‘Marauder’s Map,’ after the magical map in Harry Potter – pinpoints the locations of a person’s Facebook friends. It allows a person to track their movements, learning about their routines and weekly schedules.
Though some may view the information as useful, others think it is downright creepy, as it hands over a person’s movements on a silver platter to any potential stalkers.
Khanna developed the extension after noticing that Facebook Messenger locations had more than five decimal points of precision – meaning the sender’s location was pinpointed within three feet (one meter) of accuracy.
By testing his map on a group of Facebook friends who posted on chat at least once a day, Khanna realized he could see where one of them lived – even down to the exact location of his dorm room